RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. - A 2-year-old boy at the center of an Amber Alert has been found safe Tuesday evening, about two days after his disappearance.
At the time of Celestine Stoot III's disappearance, an alert was also issued for his father, 42-year-old Celestine Stoot Jr., who not only named Celestine III's mom's suspected murderer, but also the primary suspect in the boy's disappearance.
FOX 11’s Gigi Graciette confirmed Tuesday that Celestine Stoot Jr. was wanted for the murder of the toddler’s mother, Natasha Denise Barlow. She was killed over the weekend when the father was accused of kidnapping their little boy.
"We are still in shock, just can’t believe this," a family member of Barlow told FOX 11's Christina Gonzalez.
"She’s a good mom, she doesn’t deserve this," said the girlfriend of one of Barlow’s older sons, as she tried to hold back tears.
At the time of his disappearance, Celestine III was known by loved ones as "CJ," was last seen on the Fourth of July in Lake Elsinore.